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STEVENSON MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR DRUG AND GUN CRIMES
Felon had Twenty Firearms and Marijuana Grow in Skamania County Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2007

GREGORY REX WILSON, 41, of Stevenson, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Manufacturing Marijuana. In addition U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess ordered WILSON to forfeit twenty guns and more than $150,000 associated with WILSON’s drug dealing.

According to records filed in the case, WILSON first came to the attention of law enforcement in November 2005, when a State of Washington Fish and Wildlife agent checked him for hunting violations on U.S. Forest Service land. WILSON was cited for having a loaded rifle in his truck. The Fish and Wildlife agent later checked WILSON’s criminal history and discovered he was a convicted felon and therefore was barred from possessing a firearm. On December 1, 2005, agents served a search warrant at WILSON’s home and located about 20 firearms. They also discovered two marijuana grows – one in his home and one in an out building.

WILSON has prior convictions for Possession of Marijuana for Sale (California 1995), first degree Theft (Oregon 1992) and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine (Oregon 1989). As a convicted felon he was precluded from possessing any firearms.

WILSON pleaded guilty September 7, 2006.

WILSON was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, in Skamania County - has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206)553-4110.

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